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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 16, 1990, Aiken, South Carolina Aiken county in bit Library sports Aba Narrows playoffs Field Page 9a weather partly Cloudy slightly cooler Page 6a a Quick read Nasa offers Rescue for $130 million Cape canaveral Fla. A the owners of a stranded communications satellite Are weighing an offer from Nasa to launch a shuttle Rescue Mission for at least $130 million. Intelsat a Board of governors will determine the Fate of the satellite orbiting uselessly 345 Miles High at a meeting next month. A one of the Paramount issues to be addressed is the question of Cost a said Tony Trujillo a spokesman Tor the Washington based not for profit consortium of 119 countries. It operates a global communications satellite system. Nasa payload manager William d. Green said tuesday the space Agency will Send up a shuttle in late 1991 or 1992 to Rescue the Intelsat i satellite if Intelsat covers the Cost which could exceed $130 million. A it looks doable. It basically comes Down to a decision on How they feel about the costs versus the risks a Green said. Van Gogh portrait Sells for a record new York apr Vincent Van Gogh a melancholy portrait of the doctor who treated him in the weeks before his suicide sold at auction for $82.5 million making it by far the most expensive painting in the world. The Sale tuesday of a portrait of or. Gachett came after a 10-minute bidding War at Christie a auction House Between two buyers who jacked up the Price in increments of $1 million. The 26-by-22.5-Inch Oil was Worth $141,000 per Square Inch to Kobaya Shi gallery of Tokyo which has emerged in recent years As a major buyer of impressionist Art. The total surpassed the $53.9 million paid for Van Gogh so irises in 1987 at soothe by a said Susan Braman a Christie a spokeswoman. Deaths dams Greenwood i. Esposito Aiken Nee Mckie Aiken a. Oliphant Edgefield Parrish jr., Aiken see Page 6a for details. Inside today Bridge. Calendar.56 comics.3c crossword.9c cryptoquote.6c dear abby.3c local a obituaries.6a sports.3a television.2c weather.6a wednesday May 16, 1990 25c Aiken South Carolina vol. 123, no. 136 committed to you daily parents to Lay school problems at Board s feet by Traci Shelton staff writer about too people gathered at Aiken High school tuesday night to find out Why their school still wont get needed renovations. They heard about students dropping out of their chairs because of Lack of ventilation in the classrooms. They heard about an auditorium with 42 broken chairs in just one one Row of 50 chairs. They heard about things that sounded like vegetable soup vac a by ext and a wings. But the tiling they heard the most was Quot that there was just not enough Money to fix everything the school needs. They also found out they weren to even talking to the right people. Fittin work staff photo by Scott Webster details workers Kenneth Walker left of new Ellenton and Jeff made of Beech Island look carefully at fitting together Metal structures of the new blockbuster video on Hitchcock Parkway. Suspect arrested in slaying by Carol Woodward staff writer an Aiken county Man has been arrested in the death of a woman whose body was found monday off Banks Mill Road Extension. Michael Ray Taylor 26, was arrested at 3 . Tuesday by the Aiken county sheriffs department and charged with murder in the death of Barbara e. Ledford 49, of Hitchcock Road in Montmorenci. Taylor is being held without Bond at the Aiken county detention Center. Bond for Taylor must be set by a circuit court judge. Is. Ledford a fully clothed body was found about 10 30 . Monday by construction workers preparing to dig at a site near the Entrance to Cedar Creek subdivision. The body which was identified tuesday was found lying on top of the ground in Clay pit that frequently is used for target practice according to capt. Robert Voigt of the Aiken county sheriffs department. Aiken county Coroner sue r. Townsend said the identification and the Quick arrest of a suspect was due to a a tremendous amount of hard work by state and local Law enforcement agents. Mrs. Townsend said an autopsy by or. Joel Sexton of Newberry revealed is. Ledford died from a trauma to the head. Book s statistics suggest 70s radiation health link from staff and wire reports a new Book on radiation effects contends that after the melting of radioactive rods at the Savannah River site in 1970, infant deaths and radiation Levels in milk and rain in South Carolina jumped dramatically. A deadly deceit Low level radiation High level cover up a also claims government statistics were altered to hide death totals a a Contention disputed by government statisticians. A this analysis presents suggestive evidence that radiation was released from the Savannah River Plant during the no vember december 1970 accidents a a the authors said. A it does not prove that anyone died from such a release but. The Trail of evidence presented Here a including peaks in environmental radiation radiation in food radiation in human Bones and peaks in mortality a certainly Points in that the Book was written by Jay m. Gould and Benjamin Goldman of the radiation and Public health project a group that uses Large scale databases on specific Case studies to examine potential pollution and health linkages. The authors used . Government mortality and radiation data statistics. The plants reactors Are the nations sole source of tritium which is used in nuclear warheads. The november 1970 incident involved the melting of a radioactive Rod used to Start the atomic Chain reaction. The december 1970 incident involved the partial melting of the outer covering of another kind of radioactive Rod. The Book said infant mortality rates for january 1971 were 24 percent higher than the rates for january 1970, and infant deaths continued to Rise until 1973. Those deaths could have been caused by accumulated strontium-90 a a byproduct of the fission process in the Bones of pregnant women the Book says. According to the Book the radiation would damage the immune system increase the risks of infection and a make a pregnant woman reject her fetus As a foreign please see Book Page 5a a the real problem is the school Board and the delegation a said Tim danger Field president of Pride people resolved to improve and develop education. Dangerfield told the people who called a meeting with District superintendent or. Joseph e. Brooks area i superintendent Elizabeth Benton and physical Plant director John Morgan that the administration was not to blame. They can Only implement what the legislative delegation and the Board of education instruct them to do he said. Students parents and teachers were allowed to ask questions and voice their opinions about what they thought should be done at the oldest High sch a in the please see parents Page 5a> budget juggling brings a warning by Carl Langley staff writer Aiken county Council after a last minute flurry of tacking on special projects and building up future debt managed to approve a balanced $21.4 million budget for fiscal 1991 tuesday night. But the juggling of the figure brought a warning from Council chairman of h. Warner that judgment Day for lease Purchase buying and deficit spending would have to be dealt with next year. The chairman predicted the solution will be a tax increase in 1991 because the Council had not dealt effectively with revenues and spending issues. The Council went into the Public hearing and third Reading with a $1.7 million deficit that county administrator w. Scott Barnes said at one Point could be erased through a $574,000 Reserve salary under runs and payments from the department of Energy for sri lands. But the Reserve could be eaten up in future spending binges the salary under runs could fail to materialize and negotiations on the sri land payments May continue to drag into another year. When budget approval came the county a borrowing in the form of master lease contracts was pushed past the $6 million Mark. Meanwhile More than $115,000 Worth of projects were added to a general operations budget that had a Cushion of about $200,000. The general fund also has $1 million in debt Structure not included in the master lease numbers. Councilman Gene Duckett bemoaning the entire process said he was glad it was Over. A if we meet again next week it would be another $7 million a the councilman remarked. He also added that a we would be better off if we met Only once a councilman Eddie Butler who threatened at one Point not to vote for the budget because its slight surplus was being eaten up said a we Are now where about 25 percent of our tax millage is being used to service Butler said next year debt millage could be a third of the total Levy. Out of the county a 62.9 Mill tax Structure 42.5 Milla will be used for general operations and 14.9 Mills will go to retire debt. The remaining millage will go to the Aiken technical College and us Aiken. A Mill is Worth about $225,000. Among the winners tuesday night was sheriff Carrol g. Heath who won approx breakdown county tax millage Aiken technical College.3.6 usc-Aiken.1.9 county operations.42.5 county debt service.14.9 total millage.62.9 a a auditor is empowered to tax exempt Industrial real and personal property for Public school purposes at millage rates for Aiken technical College and us Aiken. A a county administrator is authorized to Leas Purchase county equipment and vehicles including vehicles for sheriffs department Public works detention Center Ems magistrates and planning department. / a 4 percent Cost of living pay increase approved for All regular full time county employees in the Gra Deates salary plan effective with pay period ending july 13. Sheriffs department authorized five new Road patrol deputies and a Deputy Coroner authorized. Director of Public works and engineering and Public service authority director Are authorized to Purchase used vehicles from defined sources with funds set aside for that purpose. No county department or county funded Agency shall be allowed to request additional funding from county Council during the by 90-91 budget year unless the county administrator and director of management and finance certify a need exists. A a Basic sewer treatment rate for the Aiken county spa for operations and maintenance shall be set at .5281 cents per 1,000 Gallons and the rate for contribution to the depreciation fund will be .101 cents per 1,000 Gallons. A a county Council has established As a goal the generation and maintenance of a general fund operating Reserve of 9 percent and $574,471 is designated for that purpose in the by 90-91 budget. A1 for five additional Deputy sheriffs and five patrol cars budgeted at More than $125,000, with the costs of the cars being held Down by leasing arrangements. Please see budget Page 5a 3 in liquor store venture yield to Community feelings by Carol Woodward staff writer there will be no liquor store built next to Breezy Hill Baptist Church. That s the decision of the three men who originally proposed to build the store. Rep. James Roland Smith a Langley said he received a Call late tuesday from John w. Harte one of the partners in the proposed store saying they had decided to Back out of the business venture. A emr. Harte said he and Robert j. Harte and Garlan c. Harper agreed it would be in the Best interest of the Community and in Community relations not to build the store near the Church. A they said they did no to realize How close Tivey were going to be to the Church and to playgrounds nor did they realize the effect the proposed store was going to have on the Community a rep. Smith said. Rep. Smith said he is a grateful they the Hartes and or. Harper saw fit to change their minds a a i think it was a Good decision a and i appreciate it because i realize they stand to lose some Money on this deals contacted late tuesday night Harper said be and the Hartes had a talked things Over and decided it was a better business Deal to Back off than to proceed against a obvious an application for a retail License hearing was scheduled for today at 11 45, and Harper said he and the Hartest intend to Contact the alcohol beverage control commission this morning of their decision to withdraw their application for a License. Harper said the store would have grossed about �?o$160,000 to $250,000 per Harper said he and the Hartest have not made any definite plans to build somewhere else but a probably the proposed store was to have been built at the intersection of Ascuaga Lake and Rainbow Falls Lake roads in the Breezy Hill Community of Graniteville. The Hartes could not be reached for comment tuesday night a a

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